Surjit Akre Back To Artist Profile
She is born in 1954, at Tarn Taran, Punjab. She has done her Diploma in Commercial Art, Women’s Polytechnic, New Delhi (1975), Post Graduate Degree in Easel Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts from Russia, Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture & Architecture (1978-85), decorated with the Order of the Red Banner of Labour in St. Petersburg. Akre over the years has studied portraits and nudes and developed her own distinct style, texturally rich yet simple, devoid of unnecessary clutter. Being a woman she herself has faced many of the problems in daily life that she depicts in her paintings. She chooses the medium that is best known to her to portray the emotions, aspirations and frustrations of ordinary people around her coping with their daily lives. Her use of warm subdued colours enhances the sombre mood and atmosphere, leaving a lasting impression of the image on the onlooker. She is honoured with many Awards like Women’s Polytechnic Exhibition, New Delhi (1973), Annual Post Graduate Works Exhibition, St. Petersburg, Russia (1985), Awarded Senior Fellowship as Outstanding Artist, Govt. of India, Ministry of H.R.D., Department of Culture, New Delhi (1997 -98), Honoured Award for the contribution Indo-Russian Friendship, Mayor Penza City, Russia, Pushkin Medal by the President of Russian Federation for the contribution of Indo-Russian Friendship (2009). Her Collections are with the Museum named after I. I. Brodski (Russia) Museum Institute named after Repin (Russia), National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi,.Museum K. A. Savitski, Penza (Russia), Museum of city Cherepavits (Russia) Modern Art Gallery, Penza (Russia) Govt. Museum Chandigarh, College of Arts K. A. Savitski, Penza (Russia) New Delhi. L.K.A. Air India, Mumbai, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi, ONGC, Dehradun, J & K Academy of Art, Culture & Language, Jammu, Bharat Petroleum, New Delhi, VHAI AIFACS, New Delhi, N.D.M.C., Delhi, Vladimir Putin President of Russia, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi & Many other Govt. & Private Collection in India and all over the world.